Cambridge Arts Theatre

Access Information:


The Cambridge Arts Theatre is situated on Peas Hill – right in the centre of Cambridge – next to the Guildhall. Its address is: 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ.
If you are arriving by car, you can be dropped off at the Peas Hill entrance.

There are car parks nearby at The Grand Arcade and Park Street. If your car displays a disability badge you can use the reserved spaces in either car park. There are also a limited number of designated free on-street parking spaces in Guildhall Street, Hobson Street, Jesus Lane, Kings Parade, Peas Hill, Regent Street, St Andrews Street and Church Street.

Alternatively, all ‘Pay and Display’ and residents’ parking bays are free if you are a blue badge holder. You can contact Cambridgeshire County council on 01223 717111 for further information.

The Theatre owns two wheelchairs and is happy to transfer customers from their cars to the auditorium. Please ask for this service when booking your tickets to ensure that a wheelchair is available.

If you are coming by bus, most buses terminate at, or pass through, Emmanuel Street Bus Station or down St Andrew’s Street.  The Theatre is about 10 minutes walk from here. There is a regular Park and Ride scheme during the day, which finishes at 7pm.

The railway station is about 25 minutes walk from the theatre. A number one Rail-link bus will bring you to St Andrew’s Street.

There are two entrances to the Theatre. The main one is on Peas Hill itself, but there is also one on St Edwards Passage. There are no steps to either entrance – which are half glass. There are large buttons on the right which open the doors automatically.

As you enter through the main doors on Peas Hill, you will find yourself at the end of a long foyer. You can collect your tickets from the box office, immediately to your left. Please collect your headsets from the sweet kiosk further along the foyer and also on your left. Please note that your name and seat number will be recorded and there is a £5 deposit required for each headset, which will be returned to you after the performance.

A number of programmes are offered audio described performances throughout the year; the describer will explain what is happening, visually, on stage throughout the performance and this is relayed through a headset. A pre-show touch tour of the set is often available.

Large print and Braille cast lists will be available, and there will always be a member of staff here, able to provide assistance.

If you would like to listen to the introductory notes, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat 15 minutes before the start of the performance. Listening to the notes is also a good opportunity to check you are happy with the reception through your headset. Please contact a member of staff if you are having any difficulties.

At the end of the long foyer is a set of double doors. Through these doors on the left are the ladies toilets and an accessible toilet.  Continue straight on and up the stairs for access to the Circle, The Keynes Bar and the men’s toilets.

Returning to the foyer kiosk again, a corridor runs to the right, providing access to the stalls bar and the back of the Stalls. Past the bar, to your left there are stairs to the Circle. Further on along the corridor there’s a lift. There is also access to the Circle Bar, Wine Bar function room and more accessible toilets.

If you are a wheelchair user, the easiest access is through the St Edwards Passage entrance. You’ll find the box office straight ahead of you. There is a lift to all levels with a voice announcement and braille labelling. The Circle level is a half level, and is identified as “minus one”.

The refurbished auditorium is modelled on the 1930’s original. It is pentagonal in shape, with stalls and a circle, and seats approximately 660 people. The auditorium is gently raked, and sloping aisles run down towards the stage either side of the main body of seats. Row letters appear on the end seat of each row. The seat number is on a gold plaque on the back of each seat.

There are two doors to the circle – one on each side – that enter at row C. The rear rows are reached by steps in a central aisle.

Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.


Useful information and contact numbers

Cambridge Arts Theatre offers reduced priced tickets for customers with disabilities and free personal assistant tickets, for those who require additional support to attend the theatre, on application.

If you would like to purchase discounted tickets or request accessible seating for a performance, including wheelchair spaces, please call the Box Office on 01223 503 333 or email: [email protected].

Please note there are no discounts on the lowest price seats.

If you are bringing a Guide Dog, please advise the box office. Guide dogs can remain with owners in the auditorium during the performance – or with a member of the front of house team if you prefer.

If you have any questions or require further information before your visit, please phone the Front of House Manager, on 01223 578 926 or the Box Office on 01223 503 333.

The Theatre brochure is also available in audio version and you can receive this three times a year by phoning the Marketing department on 01223 503 333.